Lena Daly’s current exhibition at VSF, Night Bell, has been selected as an Artforum Critic’s Pick. “Charged up like batteries,” reviewer Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer writes, “Daly’s sculptures and projections suggest ineffable phenomena at the far reaches of human perception, but now, post national debacle, they also read as emergency night-lights and beacons—positing a model of how bodies might generate, radiate, and emit light from within an environment of extreme darkness.” Read the full review here.
The New York Times’ T Magazine has included VSF in “The Freshmen: Four Art Basel Miami First-Timers to Know” In the article, writer Kat Herriman speaks about VSF’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, featuring works by Amy Yao. 2016 marks VSF’s first Art Basel Miami Beach, and owner Esther Kim Varet notes that Yao “is an artist who definitely deserves a spotlight moment.” Read the full article here.
Artsy has named VSF directors Esther Kim Varet and Sara Hantman part of “15 New Dealers to Watch at Art Basel Miami Beach.” Written by Demie Kim, the article speaks about VSF as “pushing forward existing art-historical and contemporary discourse through socially engaged programming—from fresh, generationally relevant shows by an over 50 percent female roster to reinstalls of major exhibitions from the ’60s.” Read the full article here.
Mernet Larsen is published in the third issue of Vitamin, “Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting.”
Purchase the book here.
Mernet Larsen is interviewed in the Fall 2016 issue of Carla Magazine. The article, “Interview With Mernet Larsen,” by Julie Weitz, features an ongoing dialogue about the role of art education, the influence of technology, and the past/present patriarchy. Mernet is quoted saying, “I do feel the world of digital imaging has awakened, or reawakened, an interest in meta-opticality, an infinite 3D grid, where the viewer is no longer located in a specific viewing position, as on is in conventional representation.”
Read the full article here.
Work by Anna Sew Hoy is included in LA Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “Since LACMA’s establishment, living artists have played an instrumental role in understanding the museum’s encyclopedic collection through a contemporary lens. L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists features a selection of works given to the museum for its 50th anniversary, as part of an unprecedented campaign led by artist Catherine Opie.” The exhibition is on view at LACMA October 30, 2016 – April 2, 2017.
Anna Sew Hoy is profiled in the Fall 2016 issue of Cultured Magazine. The article, “I’m With Her,” by Michael Slenske and Talia Jaffe, features studio visits with five Los Angeles-based female artists. “In art school these days we talk about de-skilling.” Sew Hoy is quoted as saying. “But my sculpture is handmade so it’s made to be viewed in the round, and it’s definitely made with the person looking at it in mind—it anticipates that.”
Read the full article here.
Liz Magic Laser is showing her video work, Kiss and Cry, in Against the Romance of Community at The Swiss Institute, New York. “Against the Romance of Community is an exhibition of artworks focused on social dynamics, as well as the rhetoric, images and processes that organize or influence group behavior.” Reads a synopsis of the exhibition. The show is on view from September 22-October 23.
Emily Nimptsch has written about Jeff Zilm’s exhibition at VSF, Relics of the Epoch. “Like the hazy droning sound outside” writes Nimpstch about Zilm’s work in the VSF sound corridor’s relationship to the paintings in the Relics of the Epoch, “these patterns might represent the fuzziness of memory or how we try to alter and erase parts of our histories.” Read the full review here.
Superficial Abyss, a solo exhibition of new work by Amy Yao, opens September 2 at VI, VII, Oslo, Norway. The exhibition will feature “a series of silver gelatin photographs printed from a vintage collection of glass plates. Each photograph represents a prototype of a surface acoustic wave (SAW) device designed for US military technology in the 1970’s & 1980’s.” More information can be found here.
Ezhra Jean Black has written a thorough review of VSF’s group exhibition, GRIND, curated by Joshua Nathanson, for Artillery magazine. GRIND, writes Black, is a “slow/fast, flashing/slashing, burn/brew of a show,” in which “Nathanson seems to have filtered the dystopic urban/suburban mental and physical actuality of Los Angeles through a kind of anti-flâneur sensibility, or possibly a somewhat better conditioned flâneur of the gutter.” Read the full review here.
Christopher Knight has reviewed VSF’s group exhibition, GRIND, curated by Joshua Nathanson, in the Los Angeles Times. ““Grind,” writes Knight, “is among the more discerning of the group exhibitions that proliferate in galleries during the summer.”
Read the full review here.
Eve Wood has written about VSF’s group exhibition, GRIND, in Artillery Magazine. “Spanning a variety of materials from Vanessa Conte’s beautiful and elegant acrylic on canvas works to Asha Schechter’s oddly idiosyncratic inkjet prints on adhesive vinyl of everyday objects like light bulbs and rotten persimmons, the works in this exhibition are all of a piece, and leaves one wondering if our all too digital future might very well consume us completely.” Writes Wood. Read the full review here.
“Invisible Tattoo”, the exhibition by Anna Sew Hoy at Koenig & Clinton Gallery has been listed by Martha Schwendener of the New York Times as a gallery show to see in New York City. “Anna Sew Hoy,” she writes. “teases the boundaries between art and craft, melding different artistic lineages and evoking a sense of vision and form as a kind of mirage.”
Read the full review here.
The current exhibition by Anna Sew Hoy at Koenig & Clinton Gallery in New York has been reviewed by William S. Smith of Art in America. Referencing Lucy Lippard’s “Eccentric Abstraction” essay, and works by Eva Hesse and Barbara Hepworth, Smith writes: “Sew Hoy’s project takes such historical examples as guides to embodied experience in contemporary life.” Read the full review here.
Amir Nikravan is featured on Artnet News in relation to his participation in the exhibition “Boys and Girls Can Still Draw” at Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York. “The show highlights the age-old practice of drawing—an art form that is somewhat overlooked in the contemporary art world.” Writes Henri Neuendorf. Read the full piece here.
Mernet Larsen is the subject of a new solo exhibition of works at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. The exhibition, Vantage Points, features works from the museum’s collection that showcase Larsen’s signature style and commitment to the practice of painting. Says Larsen, “I want to celebrate the complex internal conflict that vitalizes life, using the particular experiences of my life as building blocks, as a novelist might.” Vantage Points is on view from July 2 – October 30, 2016.
Anna Sew-Hoy will participate in “I Know What You Did This Summer,” a series of presentations and lectures by Los Angeles-area artists at Otis College of Art and Design. On July 7 from 7–9 Anna Sew Hoy will participate in the program with fellow artist Jesse Stecklow. More information can be found here.
Anna Sew Hoy’s current exhibition at Koenig & Clinton Gallery in New York City has been selected as an Artforum Critic’s pick. “Sew Hoy’s everyday materials summon up the body—deformed, fragile, marvelous—cleverly, even viscerally.” Writes Yin Ho. Read the full review here.
Aria Dean has selected No! I am No Singular Instrument, curated by Samuel Kenswil, as an Artforum Critic’s Pick. “Indeterminacy seems to be on everyone’s mind.” Writes Dean. “Here, such distinctions as body/architecture or subject/object are treated as junctions, joints, and permeable boundaries. This exhibition refuses aseptic isolation, acknowledges the fragility and instability of the present, and asks what, if anything, could come next.” You can read the full review here.
Work by Amy Yao is included in A Change of Heart, curated by Chris Sharp, at Hannah Hoffman Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition runs from June 4 – July 16, 2016. Works by Camille Henrot, Caitlin Keogh and Hannah Wilke are also included in the group show.
Amy Yao is showing work in collaboration with Lisa Jo at TMR a|s Hub: Galerie Chantal Crousel: Exquisite Corpse at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles. The exhibition also features work by Wolfgang Tillmans, Reena Spaulings, and Danh Vo, and runs from May 14 – June 2, 2016.
Catherine Wagley’s review of THIEF appears in the May 11th, 2016 issue of LA Weekly. You can read the review here.
Liz Magic Laser presents a new Presented with BMW and curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York), Frieze Sounds will be played in the VIP 7 Series cars at Frieze New York. The works will also be accessible via a listening station inside the new Reading Room and BMW Lounge. The commissions will also be streamed online at frieze.com.
ArtInfo named VSF’s booth at the Dallas Art Fair 2016, occurring April 14-17, as one of “5 Must See Booths At The Dallas Art Fair.”
Andrea Longacre-White is featured in World Won’t Listen at Capital, San Francisco, along with Bruce Connor, Cheyney Thompson and Kara Walker, running from April 22 – May 28, 2016.
Cat Kron’s review of Bay of Smokes is printed in the April 2016 issue of Artforum. You can read the review here.
Danielle Shang’s review of Bay of Smokes has been published in the April 2016 issue of Leap Magazine. You can read the review here.
Joshua Nathanson’s Is It Late Yet? (2015) has been acquired by MCA Chicago for their permanent collection, the work is currently on view at the museum.
A new survey show of Liz Magic Laser’s work opens at Kunstverein Göttingen on March 20th in Lower Saxony, Germany. This solo exhibition titled Identification Please is a new iteration of Laser’s Living Newspaper series (2012 – present). Laser and the students of a local Gymnasium will be setting up a forum to process the current refugee crisis. On view will also be the video works Kiss and Cry (2015) and The Though Leader (2015). The exhibition runs until May 15th, 2016.
Michael Shaw’s review of Amy Yao’s solo exhibition at VSF can be read here.
Amir Nikravan & Paul Pescador are having a two-person show at ASHES / ASHES gallery in Los Angeles on March 19th – April 30th, 2016. More on the show 1:1 here.
Crave Online has a review of Amy Yao’s Bay of Smokes.
Some Screen Mods opening on March 1st 6–8 p.m. The exhibition runs until April 1st, 2016.
Lossless Forms for Picture Plane is open January 16th – March 20th, 2016.
In his review of Bay of Smokes Jonathan Griffin writes: “Yao seems to make no judgment about which is preferable: everlasting faux-life or chemically ameliorated mortality. The choice, anyway, is not ours to make. Yao shows that we already live with them both.”
Sharon Mizota has written a review of Amy Yao’s Bay of Smokes: “Amy Yao’s art of contamination: Not everything is as perfect as it seems”.
Amy Yao, Sean Raspet, Emanuel Rohss, Sean Townley and Zoe Williams are in a group show celebrating Mr. Bow’s ‘multiethnic “Food of the World” restaurant chain’. You need to read more here and here to get to the bottom of this. The show opens in London on February 19th, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Andrew M. Goldstein’s Artspace.com article “7 of the Best Artworks at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016″ features Amy Yao.
Amir Nikravan’s Mask IV, 2016 featured in Lisa Adams’ Huffington Post article.
Liz Magic Laser is giving a talk at Calarts for the Paul Brach visiting artist lecture series on February 4th, 7 p.m. and at UCLA Grad Studios on February 5th, 2016.
Joshua Nathanson’s solo exhibition Froth is opening on February 12th at the LUCE Gallery in Torino. The show is up until March 25th, 2016.
Degen Pener’s “How Hollywood Power Players Jump Through Hoops to Score a Unique Piece of Art” tracks how a wall desperately needing a Joshua Nathanson painting ends up getting one.
KPCC’s Off-Ramp has a list of ‘Five great things you should do in Southern California this week.’
Dancer/choreographer Flora Wiegmann and artist Anna Sew Hoy interact with Sew Hoy’s Magnetic Between sculptures in the Roof Deck Sculpture Garden of Aspen Art Museum on February 6th at 4 p.m.
Joshua Nathanson is one of the artists in Yokohama Art Museum’s exhibition Superflat Collection―From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer curated by Takashi Murakami. This exhibition is composed of works from Takashi’s personal art collection, culled over many years, and includes pieces from the fields of contemporary art, Nihonga, antiques, and contemporary ceramics. The exhibition is on view January 30th – April 3rd, 2016 at the Yokohama Art Museum, Yokohama, Japan. Hyperallergic has an article on the show.
VSF will be at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016 exhibiting works by BRACE BRACE (Annika Kuhlmann & Christopher Kulendroan Thomas), Andrea Longacre White, Samuel Kenswil, Joshua Nathanson, Amir Nikravan, Anna Sew Hoy & Amy Yao. The fair runs January 28th – 31st, 2016. The Opening Night is on Thursday January 28th, 7–9 p.m.
Amir Nikravan’s exhibition MASKS is featured by dodooba.com, the show at ARNDT Singapore runs December 13th, 2015 – January 17th, 2016.
Amir Nikravan’s exhibition MASKS is up at ARNDT Singapore, the show runs December 13th, 2015 – January 17th, 2016.
Hyperallergic contributor A. Will Brown has written a review of April’s current show at VSF: “A Deconstructed Hunting Cabin Filled with Fabricated Memories”.
“LA’s new wave of galleries blend art and architecture” in Wallpaper Magazine focuses on the buildings that house LA’s art.
Jesper Just and FOS present an installation and performance for Performa 15 addressing notions of spectatorship and its dual nature. The one hour long performance in the shadow/ of a spectacle/ is the view of the crowd is staged within the top floors of the 225 Liberty Building adjacent to One World Trade Center. On view at 4:30 p.m. on 13th – 15th of November, 2015.
Catherine Wagley has written a review of the current VSF exhibitions for Contemporaryartreview.la. The shows run from October 30th – December 12th, 2015.
Mernet Larsen is featured in a nine page article in Mousse Magazine n. 50. The article, “Illusion and revelation in the Flat Lands”, is written by Andrew Berardini.
Liz Magic Laser’s new exhibition Kiss and Cry is on view at Mercer Union November 20th, 2015 – January 23rd 2016.
Jesper Just’s Servitudes explores society’s obsession with youth and beauty in November’s Midnight Moment in Times Square. The work is on view November 1st – November 30th, 2015, every night from 11:57 p.m. – midnight.
Mernet Larsen is participating in a group show Tightrope Walk: Painted Images After Abstraction. Curated by Barry Schwabsky at White Cube. The exhibition runs November 25th, 2015 – January 24th, 2016.
The University of Florida (UF) School of Art + Art History will hold its first invitational alumni exhibition titled sa+ah: Alumni Invitational Exhibition: Image, Object, Idea in University Gallery on UF’s campus September 8th – October 8th, 2015.
Let’s Get Figurative is on view October 15th — November 15th, 2015 and features works by Mernet Larsen, Gina Beavers, Johnny Bicos, Mira Dancy, Peter Eide, Volker Hüller, Caitlin Keogh Lily Ludlow, Chris Lux, Nikki Maloof, Orion Martin, Jill Mason, Annie Pearlman, Dustin Pevey, Alan Reid, Clayton Schiff, John Seal, Benjamin Senior, Lui Shtini, Nolan Simon, Alice Tippit and Alexander Tovborg.
Anna Sew Hoy presents a series of new outdoor sculptures created for Aspen Art Museum‘s Roof Deck Sculpture Garden. On view November 6th, 2015 – April 3rd, 2016.
The Walker Art Center has acquired the 2003 painting Ambush by Mernet Larsen.
Joshua Nathanson is featured in an artspace.com article 8 Rising Stars to Watch at EXPO CHICAGO by Andrew M. Goldstein. Concerning Nathanson’s relationship to Impressionists, Goldstein writes: “How the paintings relate to today’s technology, characterized by intuitive interfaces and clean graphics, as opposed to how Impressionism relates to the camera of its day might be a fertile path to explore.”
Anna Sew hoy is featured in Mrs. Benway, a group exhibition with Wynne Greenwood, Lara Kim, Jenine Marsh, and Emily Mae Smith at Fourteen30 Contmporary, Portland, from September 19th – November 14th, 2015.
Liz Magic Laser’s The Thought Leader is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego until the end of August.
Liz Magic Laser is in A Video Exhibition at Boatos Fine Arts, Sao Paulo. The exhibition also features Darren Bader and Takeshi Murata. The show and runs from August 6th – 22nd, 2015.
Amy Yao is featured in Group Show: Object Painting – Painting Objects at Jonathan Viner, London, along with Aaron Brobrow, Graham Collins, Nick Farhi, Elias Hansen, Chalres Harlan, Leigh Johnson, Rosy Keyser, Jennie Jieun Lee, Sam Moyer, Pentti Monkkonen, Michael Rey, and Lucien Smith. The show runs from July 31st – August 29th, 2015.
The Slick & The Sticky was chosen by Eve Wood as Artillerymag.com’s pick of the week.
The Slick & The Sticky is reviewed by Travis Diehl as an Artforum Critics’ Pick on Artforum.com
Mernet Larsen and Diego Singh are featured in a group show, running from July 17th – August 7th,2015 with JPW3, Yann Gerstberger, Jordan Kasey, Austin Lee, Sofia Leiby, and Patricia Treib, at Michael Jon, Detroit.
Join us for Subject To Change, a VSF panel discussion on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Andrea Fraser, Amelia Jones, Vanessa Place, and Hamza Walker, and moderated by Esther Kim Varet, panelists discuss the role of artists, curators, and critics in addressing work that escapes its intended institutional frame, and the question of the unforseen audience response.
On July 17th, Amy Yao is featured in Melbourne’s Centre for Style’s USA Tour at Chin’s Push, along with Anna-Sophie Berger, Bryan Morello, Chloe Maratta, D&K, Eckhaus Latta, H.B. Peace, Marcel Alcalá, Marisa Takal, Rare Candy, and Waggy Tee.
dis Magazine features an interview, by Natasha Stagg, with The Slick & The Sticky co-curator Vanessa Place.
Catherine Wagley covers The Slick & The Sticky for LAWeekly.com.
VSF was featured on Dazed Digital’s list of “The Best New Galleries To Seek Out In LA,” citing The Slick & The Sticky in particular.
Joshua Nathanson, Amir Nikravan, and April Street will be taking part in Piasa’s sale of emerging Los Angeles artists, many shown for the first time in France, kicking off on November 3rd, 2015 in Paris. Check out ArtInfo for further coverage.
Son, a solo exhibition by Diego Singh, is inaugurating the opening of Galleria Macca, Sardinia.
Jim Drain is featured in What Nerve! Alternative figures in American Art, 1960 – Present— as part of the collective Forcefield– at Matthew Marks, New York. The exhibition runs July 8th – August 14th, 2015.
TimeOut chose The Slick & The Sticky, co-curated with Vanessa Place, as one of their must-see shows in Los Angeles.
Please read a ‘snap review’ of The Slick & The Sticky, co-curated by Vanessa Place, at ContemporaryArtReview.la.
Anna Sew Hoy is featured in Freedom Culture, a group show curated by Graham Collins at The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, from July 1st – August 8th, 2015.
Jesper Just’s Servitudes is on view at Palais de Tokyo from June 24th – September 13th, 2015. The piece will make its West Coast debut at VSF in the Fall.
Mernet Larsen and Amy Yao are featured in I Dropped The Lemon Tart at Lisa Cooley, along with Josef Bauer, Gene Beery, Leon Benn, Todd Bourret, Mathew Cerletty, Gelitin, Jenny Holzer, Ray Johnson, Sean Landers, Scott Reeder, David Shrigley, Emily Mae Smith, Ben Vida, and Yonatan Vinitsky. The exhibition is on view June 26th – August 21st, 2015.
Amy Yao is featured in …Looking at myself from the second floor of an Italian restaurant in the Catskills… at American Medium, Brooklyn, from June 19th – July 26th, 2015, along with Alex Chaves, Alex Felton, Sean Raspet, Carlos Reyes, and Sydney Shen.
The Whitney Museum is currently screening Liz Magic Laser’s 2011 video I Feel Your Pain, a part of the Whitney’s permanent collection, as part of America Is Hard To See, at the following times:
May 1st, 2015 1:30 p.m.
June 12th, 2015 11 a.m.
July 5th, 2015 1 p.m.
August 22nd, 2015 2 p.m.
September 18th, 2015 6 p.m.
Please visit Yes No Thank You, a solo exhibition by Diego Singh at Tomio Koyama, Tokyo. The exhibition is on view June 10th – 29th, 2015.
VSF Artist Andrea Longacre-White is participating in 6 Doors, the inaugural exhibition of The Other Room, a new space at the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York. The exhibition is on view from May 19th – August 7th, 2015, and also includes Trisha Donnelly, Alex Robbins, Melanie Schiff, Marianne Vitale, and Mary Weatherford.
From June 9th – August 15th, 2015, Mernet Larsen will be featured in JUNE: A Painting Show at Sadie Coles HQ, London, along with other figurative painters such as Helen Johnson, Sylvia Sleigh, Yamashita Kikuji and more.
Jonathan Griffin reviews Chainsawer, Bicyclist, and Reading in Bed, Mernet Larsen’s recent solo exhibiton at VSF in the May 2015 issue of ArtReview.
Jody Zeller reviews Mernet Larsen’s VSF solo show Chainsawer, Bicyclist and Reading in Bed in Artillery Magazine’s May/June 2015 issue.
VSF is pleased to announce that Liz Magic Laser’s installation The Thought Leader has been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The Thought Leader was produced by Laser for VSF, where it debuted in Winter of 2015.
Please read issue one of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA), which features a review of Mernet Larsen’s recent solo exhibition at VSF, by Catherine Wagley. You can pick up a copy at the gallery.
Amir Nikravan’s solo exhibition at Jonathan Viner is on view from April 24th – May 23rd, 2015.
Please see Liz Magic Laser’s solo exhibition My Mind is My Own at Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, on view May 1st – June 28th, 2015.
Works by Diego Singh (pictured) and Joshua Nathanson appear in I Know You Got Soul at Arndt Singapore, curated by Amir Shariat, along with works by Phoebe Collings-James, Liam Everett, Amy Feldman, JPW3, Kika Karadi, Hugo McCloud, Leif Ritchey, Travess Smalley and Jeff Zilm, from April 19th – June 21st, 2015.
VSF is in booth D9 at Dallas Art Fair, showing April Street’s Lyra (behind frivolous voices)–pictured above–and more, from April 10th – 12th, 2015.
Mernet Larsen is the “real deal,” creating figures “strangely connected through what appears to be either disillusionment or awkwardness.” Eve Wood chooses Mernet Larsen’s solo exhibition at VSF for Artillery Magazine’s Pick of the Week.
VSF’s Esther Kim Varet gives her thoughts on Dallas Art Fair’s growth. Read what she has to say at Artnet News, and see our booth at the 2015 Dallas Art Fair.,
Sharon Mizota reviews Mernet Larsen’s Chainsawer, Bicyclist, and Reading in Bed, which “goes beyond a superficial resemblance to digital imagery to probe the vagaries of perception and physical experience.” Please read more at LATimes.com.
Please read Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer’s ARTFORUM.com review of Mernet Larsen: Chainsawer, Bicyclist, and Reading in Bed here.
Michael Slenske describes Scott Benzel’s “Mythical, Musical Journey into the Heart of the American West” in Modern Painters. Scott Benzel’s Inverted Capitol Spire, Programmatic Architecture Displacement 5 and Inversion V inaugurated our outdoor gallery and sound corridor in Fall 2014.
Ed Schad reviews Anna Sew Hoy’s current exhibition at VSF, FACE NO FACE calling it “her best yet” in FlashArt issue no. 301, March – April, 2015. Please read the entire review here.
Catherine Wagley lists Mernet Larsen’s Chainsawer, Bicyclist, and Reading in Bed as one of the “Best Free Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week.”
Hyperallergic contributor Jillian Steinhauer features Amir Nikravan as one of the artists in: Hyperallergic’s “The 2015 armory show in 23 superlatives.
TEDBlog contributor Tom Carter describes the experience of viewing Liz Magic Laser’s The Thought Leader in his article, “A satirical TED Talk, inspired by Dostoyevsky and given by a 10-year-old.” In case you missed the show, you may watch The Thought Leader by Liz Magic Laser with actor Alex Ammerman on her Vimeo.
Artnet and Brian Boucher make Armory Week simple by offering to help “Plan Your Armory Week 2015 With Our Guide to the Best Art on Show,” including VSF and Amir Nikravan.
Stop by VSF at The Armory Show, Pier 94 Booth #776.
Feeling overwhelmed by all to see at The Armory Show and “Art Fair Avalanche” this week? Check out the NY Observer guide with mention of VSF as a “young hot spot.”
VSF Presents Amir Nikravan Pier 94 Booth #776.
Priscilla Frank highlights Mernet Larsen’s process and background in a review of her first show at VSF as well as in Los Angeles, “Chainsawer, Bicyclist, and Reading in Bed” on HuffPost Arts & Culture.
Jens Hoffman interviews Liz Magic Laser on Vdrome, discussing The Thought Leader, Humanism, Dostoyevsky, and more.
The VSF Booth B14 at ALAC 2015 features works by Mernet Larsen, Joshua Nathanson, Amir Nikravan, Kathleen Ryan and Amy Yao. “In Los Angeles, a Crop of Art Fairs to Suit All Tastes,” reports Kevin McGarry at T Magazine.
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp reviews Anna Sew Hoy and Liz Magic Laser’s solo exhibitions at VSF, which you can listen to on NPR’s ArtTalk.
At Artinfo, Chloe Wyma reviews Liz Magic Laser’s VSF solo exhibition, The Thought Leader, a satire of “the trickle-down diffusion of official rhetoric, the obfuscatory power of readymade language, and the legitimizing props of the podium and the PowerPoint presentation.”
Catherine Wagley selects Liz Magic Laser’s The Thought Leader, as LA Weekly’s top art pick of the week.
Read the complete article here.
Travis Diehl selects Liz Magic Laser’s current exhibition at VSF, The Thought Leader, as “Critic’s Pick” in Artforum.
The Los Angeles Times’ Leah Ollman reviews Liz Magic Laser’s current exhibition at VSF, The Thought Leader, including Laser’s new TED Talk-inspired video of the same name.
Collector JoAnne Colonna lists Amir Nikravan’s recent exhibition Merge Visible at VSF as a favorite in a recent Hollywood Reporter article on the Hollywood art scene.
The Los Angeles Times journalist Carolina A. Miranda is “verrrry excited about” upcoming solo exhibitions Liz Magic Laser The Thought Leader and Anna Sew Hoy FACE NO FACE.
The Architect’s Newspaper highlights VSF’s new Johnston MarkLee-designed gallery in Hollywood.
Glasstire selected the upcoming openings of Liz Magic Laser, The Thought Leader, and Anna Sew Hoy, FACE NO FACE, as one of their Top 5 recommendations for Southern California art events this week. The two solo exhibitions open this Saturday, January 10th at VSF from 6 – 8 p.m.
Anna Sew Hoy’s work will be featured in the upcoming group exhibition The Heart is the Frame at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).
The Heart is the Frame opens January 7th, 2015 from 7 –10 p.m. and will remain on view until February 14th, 2015.
Anna Sew Hoy’s solo exhibition FACE NO FACE will also be opening that same week on Saturday, December 10th from 6 –8 p.m. at VSF.
LA Weekly journalist Catherine Wagley selects Anna Sew Hoy’s solo exhibition at VSF, FACE NO FACE, as one of her top picks for the new year.
VSF’s exhibition Artificial Complexion is featured on Contemporary Art Daily. Select works from the sound program, curated by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and John Tain, are available for listening, as well as footage from Marie Karlberg’s opening night performance.
In conjunction with the closing of Artificial Complexion, Los Angeles-based experimental music composer Mark So will perform [readings 51 – The Recital] (2014) on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at VSF. Readings will take place at 4 p.m. in the Outdoor Courtyard and 5 p.m. in the Main Gallery.
Presenting an ongoing piece that he has been making since June, So will continue to read through “The Recital” from John Ashbery’s Three Poems (1972) again and again – mostly to himself – accompanied by a looping tape recording that will occasionally pick up the surroundings as well as a few passages read aloud. Registering the passage of time as the text passes along our present, accumulating spacing and recorded residues even as the process continually erases portions of the audible and inaudible traces from its previous life- this is and this isn’t a simple reading of the poem. Mostly silent, its residual “memory” gives rise to something both real and distinct while immediately blending into the surroundings…
Mark So has produced a vast output of scores, tapes, and ephemera over the past decade, including a series of some 300 pieces concerning the poetry of John Ashbery. So’s work explores ordinary situations in various open frames of perception and action, proceeding through simple means of recording/transcription/reading as well as changing experiences of silence.
So’s reading of Eileen Myles’ “The End of New England” (2001), “though we haven’t read it, we know there is a script” (2012 – 2013), is also currently playing in VSF’s sound corridor as part of the Artificial Corridor audio program curated by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and John Tain.
The New York Times profiles Pier 54, curated by Cecilia Alemani as a tribute to and a reaction against Pier 18– a legendary project organized by artist and curator Willoughby Sharp in 1971 that featured events and actions by 27 male artists on an abandoned pier in the city’s Financial District. In a contemporary twist on this historical show, Pier 54 featured 27 female artists, including Liz Magic Laser, who realized projects that responded to the location and engaged with the changing landscape of the waterfront.
High Line Art is also currently presenting a gallery exhibition of Pier 54 at 120 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea, New York that will remain on view until December 13th, 2014.
Journalist Maura Egan profiles VSF’s Esther Kim Varet for “Los Angeles: City of Art” in the The Wall Street Journal.
Christina Catherine Martinez speaks with Esther Kim Varet about VSF’s new Hollywood location and the legacy of The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven- a Dadaist artist whose work is currently on view as part of the group exhibition Artificial Complexion– for Smashbox Studios’ blog The Hype.
Catherine Wagley writes on Artificial Complexion and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven for LA Weekly.
Evan Moffitt writes on Artificial Complexion for the contemporary art blog Paris, LA. The exhibition, co-curated with Amy Yao, opened November 15th – December 20th, 2015.
The work of Amir Nikravan will be on view as part of the upcoming group exhibition The Go Between at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy.
The Go Between opens December 13th, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. and will remain on view until January 12th, 2015.
Roy Dowell is currently on view as part of the group exhibition Death Ship: Tribute to H.C. Westermann at The Pit, Los Angeles. The exhibition brings together the works of nine LA-based artists, spanning three generations, to be shown alongside a woodblock print by the seminal artist and forerunner of the Bay Area “funk art” scene, H.C. Westermann.
Two of Amir Nikravan’s paintings will be on view as part of the group exhibition TALKlikeSEX curated by Amir Shariat at TBD, New York. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 13th, 6 – 10 p.m.
Amir Nikravan’s solo exhibition at VSF, Merge Visible, closes this Saturday, November 8th, 2014.
Diego Singh’s solo exhibition Plateau Plateau is on view from November 7th – December 1st, 2014 at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami. The show marks the first showing of Singh’s “Oil Paintings” and the “Hinge Paintings” series.
An opening reception will take place on November 7th, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m.
The accompanying catalogue for Liz Magic Laser’s recent solo exhibition Public Relations / Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (July 13th – September 22nd, 2013) at Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany is now available through Sternberg Press.
Edited by Kristina Scepanski, the publication features contributions by Kristina Scepanski, Jordan Troeller, and Tom Williams.
LA Times journalist Leah Ollman reviews Amir Nikravan’s current solo exhibition at VSF, Merge Visible:
“The resulting works are media hybrids, monoprints of sorts, with sculptural origins and the disarming appearance of photographic traces. They are about about-ness. For all of the physical, performative aspects of their making, the works end up hanging in an intellectualized hall of mirrors…Elegant and confident, the works elicit an appreciation concomitantly cool.”
Merge Visible is on view at VSF until November 8th, 2014.
Amir Nikravan’s monograph, published by CRTXT with generous support from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, is now available for purchase at both VSF and Art Catalogues at LACMA.
The publication features essays by Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator at the Studio Museum, Harlem, and Patrick Steffen, US Editor of Flash Art, and costs $15.
Glasstire selects both Amir Nikravan and Scott Benzel’s current exhibitions at VSF for the #2 spot in their Top 5 Southern California arts round-up. Read the entire list for the week of October 16th, 2014 here.
Amir Nikravan, Merge Visible and Scott Benzel, Inverted Capitol Spire, Programmatic Architecture Displacement 5 & Inversion V remain on view until November 8th, 2014.
“When Creating Paintings, Amir Nikravan Tries to Mimic Photoshop.” Catherine Wagley reviews Amir Nikravan, Merge Visible, for LA Weekly.
Merge Visible remains on view at VSF until November 8th, 2014.
Amy Yao’s Support, 2014 is currently featured in the group exhibition Stairs Into My Eyes curated by Dianna Molzan at The Finley. The exhibition is located in a stairwell leading to a locked basement and will be on view 24/7 until November 15th, 2014.
Also, check Amy out in our group exhibition The Irrational Object come November.
Esther Kim Varet discusses both VSF’s Hollywood relocation and her vision for the new Johnston MarkLee designed gallery with W Magazine journalist Michael Slenske in “On Fire: Esther Kim Varet Expands Her L.A. gallery.”
Los Angeles-based artist Ragen Moss interviews Roy Dowell about his recent transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional artwork on view-inter-view.
Art in America’s Christopher Wyrick speaks with Esther Kim Varet about the new Johnston Markucee designed VSF gallery, opening tonight with a reception from 6 – 9 p.m.
Andrea Longacre-White’s Artist Book is currently available for $75 as an Edition of 50 at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.
Catalogues from her solo exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, featuring a text by writer/curator Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, are also available for $20 at VSF.
LA Weekly previews Scott Benzel Inverted Capitol Spire, Programmatic Architecture Displacement 5 and Amir Nikravan Merge Visible, opening October 9th, 2014 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the new VSF in Hollywood.
Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the architecture firm Johnston MarkLee discuss their recent projects in LA, including the new Hollywood location of VSF, with W Magazine journalist Kevin West.
Scott Benzel and Kathryn Andrews will respond to the architecture of Toronto’s City Hall in the multimedia performance Split Chorale for Viljo Revell on October 4th, 2014, as part of Performance Anxiety at Nuit Blanche 2014.
Anna Sew Hoy’s ceramic work Two Orbs will be featured in The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House at the famed Gamble House in Pasadena, CA as part of the 2014 AxS Festival.
Liz Magic Laser and choreographer Wendy Osserman collaborated on From North Carolina to South Korea at the Carolina Performing Arts Center in Chapel Hill, NC. The multimedia performance was commissioned by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Art Department and Carolina Performing Arts and took place on September 13th and September 14th, 2014.
Andrea Longacre-White’s solo exhibition is on view from September 7 – October 5, 2014 at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.
Miami- and Providence-based artist Jim Drain has completed the first of what will be an annual commission of artist-designed reception desks for VSF’s new Johnston Marklee-designed gallery in Hollywood. Drain’s desk, which will debut on October 9, 2014, is composed of a rebar frame with plexiglass panes and hand-woven nylon straps.
ARTINFO announces VSF’s relocation from Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach to a 5,000-square-foot, Johnston MarkLee designed space at 812 N. Highland Avenue in Hollywood. Read Esther Kim Varet discuss the new layout.
Amir Nikravan shows alongside the work of Wes Noble at Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy. The exhibition is on view from July 3rd – September 16th, 2014.
Anna Sew Hoy is featured in the group exhibition Fixing a Hole at Konenig & Clinton, NYC. Also on display are works by Vito Acconci/Acconci Studio, A.K. Burns, Alexandre da Cunha, Peter Dreher, Tamar Halpern, Nancy Holt, Cameron Martin, Yoshiaki Mochizuki, Ken Price, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Carolyn Salas, Anna Sew Hoy, Roman Signer, and Daniel Turner.
Fixing a Hole is on view from June 12th – August 2nd, 2014.
Roy Dowell is featured in the group exhibition A Poem for Raoul and Agnes curated by Sherman Sam at Ancient & Modern, London. Also on display are works by Ann Craven, Matthias Dornfeld, Fergus Feehily, Jane Freilicher, Clive Hodgson, Eithne Jordan, Alex Katz, Markus Karstieß, Winifred Nicholson, Norbert Prangenberg, Audrey Reynolds, and Phoebe Unwin.
A Poem for Raoul and Agnes is on view from July 3rd – September 6th, 2014.
LACMA acquired Anna Sew Hoy’s Practical Elegance, 2013 for the museum’s permanent collection during the 2014 Art Here & Now: Studio Forum.
LA><ART and LA Public Domain present Anna Sew Hoy’s public sculpture Look-see in collaboration with For Your Art and the City of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside Program. Inspired by the work of Modernist architect Irving Gill, Look-see mobilizes simple forms and ornamentation to heighten engagement with the surrounding environment.
The sculpture is located at Kings Road Park (1000 North Kings Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069) and will be on view from April 12th, 2014 – April 12th, 2015.
Roy Dowell’s solo exhibition, Roy Dowell: New Paintings and Sculptures is on view from April 3rd – May 3rd, 2014 at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., NYC.
Developed through a series of interviews with journalists and members of the public, Liz Magic Laser’s Bystander will present an inverted dialogue between broadcast news and its viewers. Professional newscasters, including NY1’s Roger Clark, will perform personal stories collected from New York citizens. Actors Audrey Crabtree, Annie Fox, and Michael Wiener will also contribute factual reports in the vein of personal opinions. By re-contextualizing the television news scenario as theatrical dialogue, Laser lays bare the mechanisms at play in the both presentation and reception of current events.
Liz Magic Laser: Bystander will take place from March 27th – March 29th, 2014 at The Kitchen, NYC.
Bellwether, a project of the Cleveland Museum of Art with support from the Contemporary Art Society, presents Andrea Longacre-White: Ceiling.
On view from April 17th – May 4th, 2014 at the Ground Floor Gallery of the historic Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center building in Cleveland, OH, Ceiling features an installation of Longacre-White’s large-scale black and white scanner photographs.
Organized by Lisa Kurzner, Curatorial Researcher at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition will also include an artist talk on April 17th, 2014.
Andrea Longacre-White is named as one of 25 artists to watch in the December 2013 edition of Modern Painters.
Rozalia Jovanovic recaps a recent performance of Liz Magic Laser’s Absolute Event at Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC:
The performance is part of Laser’s current solo exhibition at the gallery, on view until November 30th, 2013. Another performance will take place on November 16th, 2013.
Sharon Mizota covers Roy Dowell’s solo exhibiton at Various Small Fires for the Los Angeles Times.
Listen to KCRW’s Art Talk with Roy Dowell and Ivan Morley.
Modern Painters names VSF one of 500 Best Galleries Worldwide.
Bianca Guillen of SFAQ reviews Anna Sew Hoy’s Home Office.
David Pagel at The Los Angeles Times reviews Anna Sew Hoy’s solo exhibition Home Office at VSF.
Juri Koll reviews Anna Sew Hoy’s Home Office for The Huffington Post.
Julia Halperin speaks with Esther Kim Varet about VSF at The Dallas Art Fair 2013 at Artinfo.
The Armory Show presents two limited edition artworks created by Armory Commissioned Artist Liz Magic Laser, all proceeds directly benefitting The Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Cancer Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art.
Le Monde covers Liz Magic Laser at the Armory Show.
BPO Group USA reports on Liz Magic Laser’s new branding for the Armory Show.
The Guardian reports on Liz Magic Laser’s “T-shirts worn by ubiquitous Armory staff, which proclaim that the average household income of fair visitors is $334,000 – almost exactly the cutoff for membership in America’s under-fire 1%.”
The Village Voice profiles Liz Magic Laser’s Armory commission, and installation at VSF’s booth.
Forbes covers Liz Magic Laser’s “tote bags that carry the slogan, ‘An average size booth at The Armory Show costs $24,000 and that comes with customized walls, lights, paint and carpeting.'”
Hyperallergic covers VSF and Liz Magic Laser’s commission at The Armory Show 2013.
Platform for Pedagogy writes on “The Psychology of Consumerism” and Liz Magic Laser.
Artinfo covers Liz Magic Laser’s Armory commission and related workshop, which “intends to raise the curtain on what is, at the end of the day, a moneymaking venture.”
Flash Art interviews Liz Magic Lazer about her Armory show focus group.
T magazine covers Liz Magic Laser and her Armory Show tote bags.
ArtFCity on Armory Show commissioned artist Liz Magic Laser in their Guide to Armory Week.
Noah Horowitz talks to Whitewall about working with Liz Magic Laser at the Armory Show.
Animal New York discusses “leading confrontational performance artist” Liz Magic Laser’s Armory Commission.
E-Flux covers Liz Magic Laser’s “comedic to politically provocative” commission for the Armory Show 2013.
Flash Art covers VSF’s Lucie Fontaine curated booth at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2013.
Jonathan Griffin reviews Andrea Longacre-White’s solo show The Existing Term Has Become Inadequate for Art Review.
In Art in America, Brian Boucher discusses Liz Magic Laser’s focus group for her Armory show contribution.
Gallerist NY goes into how “Liz Magic Laser Will Use Focus Groups to Determine the ‘Liz Magic Laser Brand’ for 2013 Armory Show.”
Artinfo announces Liz Magic Laser as the 2013 Artist Commission for the fair’s next edition, which will run March 7th – 10th, 2013, and marks the 100th anniversary of the original Armory Show for which it’s named.
ArtInfo previews “Samara Golden and Davida Nemeroff’s current exhibition at Various Small Fires, a gallery located in Los Angeles. Originally, the show was called “Midnight Cowboy,” after the 1969 film.”
LA Weekly profiles “Venice-based Various Small Fires, [which] has already made a big splash in the local art community.”
“Samara Golden and Davida Nemeroff Face The Press” as they open their two-person exhibition at VSF, writes Paul Soto for Art in America.
“At Various Small Fires this month, Samara Golden and Davida Nemeroff present a collaborative video installation that Golden describes as ‘My Dinner With Andre mixed with Midnight Cowboy,” writes Modern Painters on Golden and Nemeroff’s exhibition of the same name.
Leah Ollman for the Los Angeles Times reviews Liz Magic Laser’s I Feel Your Pain at VSF.
LA Weekly’s Carol Chech covers Liz Magic Laser’s solo exhibition I Feel Your Pain at VSF, which includes “Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin on a date and an Obama-Bush Mime Face-off.”
ArtInfo announces Liz Magic Laser’s “I Feel Your Pain, her 2011 Performa Commission, as well as Flight (a performance based on cinematic chase scenes that took place in Times Square) and Digital Face (pictured above, with choreographed movements modeled on the gestures of George W. Bush and Barack Obama),” showing at VSF.
LA Weekly names VSF one of “25 Alternative LA Art Spaces to Check Out Now.”
On LA Confidential, “Esther Kim Varet, owner of Abbot Kinney’s hot new experimental space, Various Small Fires, talks to LAXART director and curator Lauri Firstenberg.”
Performance blog Another righteous Transfer covers Debo Eilers and Kerstin Brätsch’s performance Kaya 2 at VSF.
Andrew Berardini covers Fiona Connor’s Murals and Prints for ArtSlant.
Patrick Steffan interviews Liz Magic Laser in Flash Art.